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Make your own ode to love
21 May 2015
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 So, in this topic you can try to combine all the Beatles songs AND the respective solo songs. The goal is to create an album that celebrates Love in general, in any form and however adequate you think is appropriate. I'd rather stick to happy songs but you can make a solemn album, too. The only limit is 14 songs + 2 bonus tracks if you'd put that at all.

Try to capture the pure essence of it - there's quite a lot of songs to choose from. Since Beatles sang so much about love... and I believe their different personalities really allow some interesting combinations... you might make a pretty nice ode to Love. Capital L, not the album.

 

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand - This is my choice for the album opener. I sometimes like to use the term "small love". It's the innocent, teenage kind of love, but not much more. It's the floating kind of feeling, and what a better choice for the opener than this song, both thematically and chronologically?

2. All My Loving - This one follows the same formula as the first one. Very simple and a classic.

3. In My Life - A beautiful overview of someone's life, and how someone means the same to you. Beautiful falsetto at the end, simple enough, nostalgic... what's not to like?

4. Here, There And Everywhere - This song is here just because of this: "running my hands through her hair". You don't need to write down what this means, you just feel it through Paul's voice.

5. Something - Do I have to say anything more?

6. Don't Let Me Down - To change the tempo a bit, here's some more insecure feelings. Simple, but effective refrain.

7. Hey Jude - If songs were horses, this would be the carriage of Zeus that stomps everything in its way. Majestic, upbeat and ultimately positive. One of the best songs to grace this planet.

8. My Sweet Lord (George Harrison ) - If you believe God is love, this is it. The purest message, one of the best odes to Him.

9. Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney ) - Again, to bring back the matter of love to simpler grounds. It's just a silly love song, but the message is so much more. People like to overblow the meaning of love, ask for more and be suspicious, they don't open up enough for it. And it's just love. Simple as that.

10. Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney ) - More Paul. I have to admit, if I were a woman I'd wish someone had written song like this for me. Lucky Linda!

11. Woman (John Lennon ) - Brilliant, peaceful song about Yoko. Applies to anyone else, of course. Great statement of appreciation for women, especially since it's from John.

12. Just Like Starting Over (John Lennon ) - Ahhhh, that melody! There's nothing else to say but this: it perfectly describes the feeling of falling in love, over and over again!

13. You (George Harrison ) - Soooooo simple it hurts. "I love you" and "You love me" takes a reasonable part of this song? You bet. Listen to it. Opposite of "Don't Let Me Down " - this one is a sense of ridiculous security. 

14. All You Need Is Love - In my opinion, the one and only album closer. You might not like the song itself; repetitive and simple (altho, not THAT simple - watch for the 7/4 signature!). As Brian said, its message cannot be misinterpreted. All You Need Is Love and that is it. 

 

For bonus tracks? My choices would be I Will and She Loves You . First one is a beautiful, underrated Paul's gem and the second one is, heh, back to square one: that floating, almost stupid teenage love. Yay!

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1. John, "Oh, Yoko!"
2. Paul, "Maybe I'm Amazed "
3. George, "Your Love is Forever"
4. Ringo, "Wine, Women and Loud Happy Songs"
5. Beatles, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)
6. Yoko, "Kiss Kiss Kiss" (Stripped Down Version)
7. George, "Mama You've Been On My Mind"
8. Wings, "My Love"
9. Beatles, "In My Life " (Mono)
10. John, "Oh My Love"
11. George, "Never Get Over You"
12. Yoko, "Take Me To The Land Of Hell"
13. Paul, "Here Today "
14. Beatles, "All Together Now " (Mono)

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

21 May 2015
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Your #4 is a great song, Ex Tex.

21 May 2015
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Ahhh Girl said

Your #4 is a great song, Ex Tex.

Thanks...I wanted to explore different aspects of love.

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After much thought and brain-racking, this is what I came up with. There isn't much solo stuff I'm afraid.  

 

  1. Love Me Do (The very beginning)
  2. All My Loving (Things are going well, despite the distance)
  3. Things We Said Today (Same vein but a little more wistful)
  4. Not A Second Time (Heart's been broken. Never again!)
  5. If I Fell (Never say never, cause it's never never, but making sure it's the real deal this time.)
  6. I'll Follow The Sun (For contrast with the above)
  7. In My Life (This is sort of like the engagement...)
  8. Here, There And Everywhere (...and this is like the wedding promise.)
  9. Love You To (For contrast with all that innocence and undying affection-- here's a sense of mortality.)
  10. Something (Some uncertainty to keep you on your toes)
  11. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul (More uncertainty, over a strong relationship-- very nice)
  12. Love - John (Just sorta necessary.)
  13. Life Itself - George (The ultimate spiritual love song.)
  14. All You Need Is Love (StrawberryWalrus, I must concur with you on that point. Hope you don't mind) 

 

Bonus tracks (two songs which needed to be here but didn't quite fit into the pattern): 

15. I Will  

16. Real Love

 

And there ya go. heart

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1. Oh My Love (John, Imagine )
2. Mystery of Night (Ringo, Y Not)
3. This Never Happened Before (Paul, Chaos and Creation)
4. Dance 'Til Were High (Paul, Electric Arguments)
5. Your Loving Flame (Paul, Driving Rain )
6. Follow Me (Paul, Chaos and Creation)
7. Lifelong Passion (Paul, Electric Arguments)
8. Only Love Remains (Paul, Press To Play )
9. My Valentine (Paul, Kisses On The Bottom )
10. Wonderful (Ringo, Ringo 2012)
11. Eight Days a Week (Beatles For Sale )
12. Any Time at All (A Hard Day's Night )
13. Turned Out (Paul, New)
14. Winedark Open Sea (Paul, Off The Ground )

Bonus cd
Choose Love (Ringo, Choose Love)
Love (John, John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band)

The song links go to a Youtube video of the song.

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Mine's a mixture of heavy emotion and unexpected directions.

1. Calico Skies, Paul
2. Apple Scruffs , George
3. Beautiful Boy, John
4. Let Me Roll It , Paul
5. Dear Prudence , Beatles
6. I Call Your Name , Beatles
7. Old Brown Shoe , Beatles
8. What Goes On , Beatles
9. You Like Me Too Much , Beatles
10. I Will , Beatles
11. Photograph, Ringo
12. For You Blue , Beatles
13. I'm So Tired , Beatles
14. You And Me (Babe), Ringo

Far Out Bonus tracks:

Early 1970, #9 Dream

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I think @Ahhh Girl was trying to provide balance for my Beatles-heavy list a-hard-days-night-john-6 

(Edit: OHHH so that's where the location came from. And I thought it was a non-Beatley but still fab reference to the Odyssey. 😛 ) 

@ewe2, yours is awesome. I like the differing varieties of love-- Apple Scruff love, parental love, friendly love... heart

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Thanks @Beatlebug, it's a very broad subject! @Ahhh Girl, some nice choices there! Electric Arguments is one of those sleepers that grow on you, two songs from it! I liked Expert-Texpert 's choices too, particularly the Georges.

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